Atlas CopCo bringing 50 jobs to Franklin County

Atlas CopCo, a manufacturer for fracking parts, is consolidating operations from Texas and Utah and build a new plant in Fort Loudon, PA, on the western part of Franklin County.   Atlas CopCo already has a machine shop in Fort Loudon and plans to expand next to that location.  The Swedish based company plans to add 50 jobs at the new location.

The local project is estimated to cost $4.6 million with up to $2 million coming from a Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority loan. The Franklin County Industrial Development Authority meets Monday to consider another low-interest loan of up to $3.5 million for the project.

FCADC already has approvals to construct a building next door to the Atlas Copco machining shop at 13278 Lincoln Way West. Construction is to begin in mid-April with completion by Dec. 1, according to Ross. The company will rent the building from FCADC.

OSHA reports on first year of injury reporting

The Occupational Safety and Hazard Administration (OSHA) has reported on its first year of the severe work injury reporting program.  injury

All Employers throughout the country are required now to report severe work place injuries.  Specifically, 

Now, under a requirement that took effect Jan. 1, 2015, employers must report to OSHA within 24 hours any work-related amputation, in-patient hospitalization, or loss of eye

Of the injuries reported last year, here is the breakdown provided in the OSHA report.

“Employers reported 10,388 severe injuries, including 7,636 hospitalizations and 2,644 amputations. For more statistics and the evaluation of the impact of the new requirements . . . the numbers amount to 30 work-related severe injuries each day, evidence that, despite decades of progress, many US work sites remain hazardous to workers” 

The three largest sectors of employers with the most reported hospitalizations are:  manufacturers (26%), construction (19%), and transportation/warehousing (11%).  Of amputations, manufacturers indicated 57% of reported amputation injuries.

Looking at where we live, Central Pennsylvania, most of the work injuries I have litigated have been in these three work place sectors, along with employees of nursing homes and health care agencies.  South Central Pennsylvania has seen an explosion in transportation/warehouse and manufacturing growth from Greencastle near the Maryland border up through the Harrisburg region, along the Interstate 81 corridor.  That makes these type of numbers even more important for our area to understand and comprehend.

The frustrating thing about reading this report is the indication that many of these severe injuries are easily preventable.  That is just frustrating.  Employers are constantly trying to implement new cost-saving procedures in their facilities.  That is understandable.  However, these type of cost savings should not be directed at work place safety.

In many instances in which I have represented injured workers, my clients’ injuries were indeed easily preventable.  I wish employers understood the profound impact a work injury typically has on the lives of the injured workers.  Employers fail to understand the devastating physical and emotional impact these injuries cause on a person.

Often, we just think about the pain and and physical condition from a work injury.  However, it goes beyond that.  Work injuries often devastate an injured worker financially.  Many injured workers can’t afford to be out of work getting paid 2/3 of their weekly pay.  Still, even more so, many injured workers have denied injuries, putting them out of work with no pay at all.   That may lead to foreclosures, bankruptcy, homelessness, domestic problems in their marriages, and more.  The toll these injuries take on an individual injured worker is often forgotten by their employer and insurance carrier.  Even more so, when the worker returns to work or returns in modified duty, the once amicable relationship with bosses, co-workers, and maybe even business owners, suddenly turns sour.  Snide comments are made about faking an injury.  Work place discipline begins to increase.  Harassment by co-workers takes place.  I see it all the time and it is completely frustrating to me.  Unfortunately, it is also becoming more a norm, than not.

It’s simple.  If you have been hurt on the job, you shouldn’t and you do not have to fight the work injury on your own.  Your benefits under the Workers’ Compensation Act are too important to you.  Do three things immediately when you are hurt on the job:  1) report the injury to your employer right away; 2) seek medical treatment immediately; and 3) call Mooney & Associates at 717-200-HURT or 1-877-632-4656 for a FREE consultation regarding your rights and our ability to protect them on your behalf.  Again, you do not have to go it alone!  Mooney & Associates has twelve offices scattered throughout Central Pennsylvania to conveniently meet with you.  We have offices in Chambersburg, Mercersburg, Shippensburg, Carlisle, Harrisburg, Duncannon, Halifax, Gettysburg, York, Hanover, New Oxford, and Stewartstown.  Soon we will be adding a meeting location in Lancaster.  We are making it as easy as possible to consult with us!

 

PA Justice Michael Eakin resigns over porn emails

The porn email scandal in Pennsylvania has now claimed a second Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice.  Justice Michael Eakin, who has been under suspension by the Pennsylvania Judicial Conduct Board, has retired amid the scandal.  Eakin was suspended back in December.CommCt

The Judicial Conduct Board, an ethics panel for judges, in a complaint last year said Eakin, 67, a Republican, “detracted from the dignity of the office.”

The 52-page complaint said messages Eakin sent or received included a video about busloads of “sluts” crashing in California, jokes about domestic violence and golfer Tiger Woods’ black and Asian background.

This is the second Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice to leave the bench over the porn email scandal that has engulfed Harrisburg.  Former Justice Seamus McCaffery resigned back in 2014 due to receiving and sending pornographic, offensive, and racially charged emails.

The high Court will now operate with six justices.  Democratic Governor Tom Wolf will be responsible for appointing a replacement and that appointment would have to be confirmed by the Republican Senate.   Good luck with that, they can’t even pass a state budget from last year.

By way of background, current Attorney General Kathleen Kane launched an investigation shortly after the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal at Penn State, after promising in her electoral campaign to launch a review.  In that review, the investigation uncovered a secret caches of pornographic emails.  The investigation revealed that Attorney General employees were routinely sharing xxx-rated photos and videos and other types of adult humor.  That ultimately led to the resignation of several high-ranking state officials.

After McCaffery threatened to make public emails that Eakin had received, Eakin self-reported and an investigation against Eakin was dropped.  The Eakin case reappeared when AG Kane, who herself has been fighting against prosecutors claims against her, in which she has claimed the charges are “manufactured” as career-threatening perjury charges, led to a very public review of Eakin’s email traffic.  Subsequently, Eakin was suspended.

With this past election, the PA Supreme Court just got back to a full compliment of justices.